Waterloo welcomes French delegation

Friday, February 24, 2023

French delegation

Waterloo International was pleased to host the Toronto-based French Consul General, Tudor Alexis, and delegates from the French Embassy in Ottawa this week to discuss ongoing Waterloo-France relations and to explore shared interests for future collaboration.

The Consul General was accompanied by Jean- François Doulet (Scientific & Higher Education Attaché), Charlotte Montel (Counsellor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs) and Rosalie Prat (Science and Academic Project Officer) from the French Embassy in Ottawa.

Many Waterloo colleagues connected with the French delegation, including Charmaine Dean (VP-Research & International) and Bernie Duncker (AVP-Research & International), along with representatives from the Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute (Waterloo.AI), Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), Department of French Studies and the Student Success Office.

Engaging discussions centered around increasing student mobility through exchange and scholarship. The delegates spoke of ample opportunities for French Studies students at Waterloo to gain experience teaching in France.

The visit included presentations by the School of Environment, Enterprise, and Development (SEED), the Department of French, Waterloo Artificial Intelligence Institute (Waterloo.AI) and a tour of the Institute of Quantum Computing (IQC). Of particular interest to the delegation was Waterloo’s AI and quantum research and the work that WISA has done in the area of sustainability as well as Waterloo’s entrepreneurial culture.

This visit follows on the heels of Charmaine Dean’s and Ian Rowland’s trip to France and the UK earlier this month. Follow Waterloo International on Twitter to find more details about their recent trip and to learn more about our activities on campus and abroad.